Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Hoof Peeling - Has anyone seen this before?
So I got a text message from a friend who checked on my horse today. She said my horse's hoof was peeling. I headed out to check on it, thinking it was just the periople peeling. Upon investigation I noticed it is not the periople, but is the hoof wall. It is on all 4 feet, and is on the coronet band. I immediately called my vet. He can't make it out until tomorrow morning at 9, but he sounded concerned that it may be white line disease, or abscesses. He did say it could be a nutritional thing, or maybe a bacterial infection other than white line.
So I asked the vet what I could do in the meantime, he said clean the area with peroxide or iodine (I chose peroxide). When I did this, the area bubbled like crazy, but my horse did not even flinch. The area is slightly warm, but no pain indicated, it is still hard and firm. I picked all 4 feet, no signs of infection from the inside. My horse is not sore, or lethargic. He is still his mischievous self. Still eating and drinking, and licking his salt block.
He recently had a hock injection and shots (3 weeks ago), was wormed on the 1st of April with generic Ivermectin, had his feet done last week. I did find a tick on him (don't know if that matters) and removed it with no problems. He's shedding out normally, and besides his hooves, seems completely normal.
I attached a few pictures from my phone of each foot. Of all of them, the back right seems the worst.
Anybody seen this before? Any ideas what it could be? I'm a little worried..
(From top left going clockwise - Back Left, Back Right, Front Right, Front Left)
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